Kitchens In Bloom


Columbia has its fair share of fabulous homes, and for 10 years and a good cause, Boone County Council on Aging continues to feature four, fantastic local kitchens on a Sunday afternoon home tour. Kitchens In Bloom, held this year on May 5, charges an admission fee of $10 to tour four kitchens. More than 300 people purchase tickets for the tour each year. This year, Boone County Council on Aging hopes to raise at least $7,000 to help low-income seniors live comfortably.

“My favorite part of the event is seeing the latest and greatest things for the kitchen,” says Jessica Macy, executive director of the Boone County Council on Aging. “You see a lot of things on HGTV, but at KIB you can see it up close and personal … and there are contractors on-site who can answer your questions.”

All proceeds from the event help further the Boone County Council on Aging’s mission: connecting Boone County’s older adults with resources and support services that enable them to live with dignity and independently in the community. As an added bonus, each Kitchens In Bloom ticket grants the holder access to a mini-cooking class with Chef Dennis Clay of Inside Columbia’s Culinary Adventures. This spring, charity and creativity are blooming in kitchens all over Columbia.


It’s OK To Have Fun
Bob & Connie Pugh
1411 Torrey Pines Drive

The Pughs’ home serves both as a refuge between frequent travel trips and a venue for parties with friends. From a taxidermy peacock welcoming visitors at the front door to the oversized dining table just across from the kitchen, the Bob and Connie Pugh’s home is filled with visual surprises that delight and entertain their guests.

Originally designed and completed on a strict budget in 1991, the kitchen was sufficient for its small, 200-square-foot space. While functional, the all-white kitchen didn’t match the fun décor and design present throughout the rest of the house. Thanks to a much-needed facelift and an unbridled budget, the kitchen no longer feels constrained or lacking in detail.

Designer Nick Detert (who also worked with the Pughs to build their home in ’91) helped the couple complete the renovation last year. The kitchen opens into a large dining area, which is flanked on either side by an open living area and bar. Stainless steel, Madagascar striped ebony wood and various types of glass decorate the kitchen. A round, stainless steel chandelier hangs over the granite-topped island and leather bar stools. The room is wrapped in hand-painted silver wallpaper with rich, Yves Klein blue dots. The backsplash is made of stainless steel tiles. A set of three, floor-to-ceiling, built-in glass cases display the Pughs’ collection of family silver and crystal.

“Connie’s tastes walk the line between lighthearted and knowing, and she has a wonderful ability to make a distinction between the two,” Detert says. This trait is reflected in one set of shelves dedicated to a rotating collection of seasonal items from St. Patrick’s Day to Easter and Thanksgiving, set next to a commissioned, contemporary work of painted glass by artist Laura Bix. Contrasts like these make the Pughs’ kitchen a space to be explored and enjoyed.

The Specifics
Design: Nick Detert, Putnam’s Studio 1012
Construction: Dimensions in Wood
Cabinetry: Design by Putnam’s Studio 1012; construction and installation by Bob Hoell, Dimensions in Wood
Tiling: Jason Peck
Lighting: Fixtures by Putnam’s Studio 1012
Countertops: Central Missouri Countertops
Appliances: Downtown Appliances
Window Treatments: Putnam’s Studio 1012

A Shared Space
Jean & Charlie Gibbens
3300 Westcreek Circle

Charlie and Jean Gibbens have big hearts and warm, welcoming personalities and their home at 3300 Westcreek Circle is no different. The large kitchen, located on the west side of the house, opens into a comfortable sitting area. The warm space features a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, an enclosed sun porch and an outdoor redwood deck. On any given day, Charlie and Jean can be found enjoying the late-morning sunshine on the screened-in sun porch while reading the morning papers with a cup of coffee.

The renovation began with the countertops, which Jean wanted to replace and update last winter. She called designer Ed Rohlfing at Putnam’s Studio 1012. Rohlfing explained that new countertops required new cabinets. The remodeling dominoes continued to fall, until the Gibbenses had completely redone their kitchen.

Dark granite countertops, new stainless steel appliances hidden behind treated panels matching faux-worn cabinets, custom iron and ceramic lighting fixtures, and plenty of counter space add up to the ideal place to entertain the Gibbens’ family and friends. A custom, ceramic-tiled backsplash with pewter accents continues the look and feel of the Mexican-style tiled floors present throughout the rest of the home.

Charlie’s favorite thing in the kitchen is the dishwasher, and Jean enjoys the bar stools set on the outer edge of the kitchen. The room’s configuration is the same as the original, but the space has been repurposed. The openness of the kitchen allows guests to chat with Jean while she cooks, without getting in her way.

Jean especially loves to host her three grown children and their families for Christmas. “It’s my gift to them,” she says, “the holidays are so crazy with young children; I love to be able to give them a beautiful dinner in an open and shared space.”

The Specifics
Design: Ed Rohlfing, Putnam’s Studio 1012
Construction: Chuck Ragland Construction
Cabinetry: Tim Eynard, Eynard Cabinet Shop
Tiling: Pratt & Larson Ceramics
Painting: Rick Embry Painting
Countertops: Martellaro Marble and Granite
Appliances: Downtown Appliance

Urban Oasis
Michael and Kerri Urban
110 Clinton Drive

Michael and Kerri Urban’s home is truly their haven. Built in 1939, the house featured a very traditional kitchen for its time — small.

“The only storage we had was on top of the fridge,” Michael says. The home also lacked a transition between the backyard and the house. The couple decided the need to add a mudroom was an opportunity to redo the kitchen as well.

The Urbans worked with Kerry Bramon and Angela Holloway of Kerry Bramon Remodeling & Design to both add an 8-by-12-foot, high-ceilinged addition to the east side of the kitchen and update the original space.

“We worked with the idea that you don’t necessarily need a significantly bigger house; you just need your space to work more effectively and efficiently,” Kerri says.

The space was gutted to the studs and the east wall was punched out for the addition. The recently refinished, original hardwood floors were carefully preserved, with new patches stained to match. Age-appropriate soapstone countertops were installed, as well as shaker-style white cabinets with glass doors; a heated gray, porcelain slate tile floor; modern vintage light fixtures and LED under-cabinet lighting. The features merged beautifully to bridge the gap between past and present. Adding smart storage options was also important to the couple.

“We tried to do the least amount of change possible to have the biggest impact,” Kerri says.

The original pass-through and doorway leading to the dining room were left untouched. The addition allows for more people to congregate in the kitchen, which is really what a kitchen should be, according to Kerri.

“It’s neat to see that a small space can be added to make a dramatic difference,” Holloway says.

The Specifics
Design: Kerry Bramon and Angela Holloway of Kerry Bramon Remodeling & Design
Cabinetry: Custom cabinets designed by Angela Holloway
Flooring: Original 2¼-by ¾-inch oak, protected and repaired by KBRD Production managers, Danny Kingsley and Doug Strodtman
Countertops: Soapstone countertops by Central Missouri Countertops
Appliances: Lowe’s

Detert’s Details
Nick & Laura Detert
1009 Lagrange Court

When they purchased their 23-year-old Grasslands home, owners Nick and Laura Detert loved the location and structure of the house, but they knew it was in need of an update. Nick, co-owner of Putnam’s Studio 1012, and Laura, owner and instructor of Open Studio Pilates, wanted a more contemporary, low-maintenance and streamlined floor plan to fit their personal lifestyle.

Nick used small details and quality materials to elevate the kitchen from functional to beautiful. After gutting the main level and scraping smooth the popcorn ceilings, Nick and his team replaced a structural wall between the kitchen and living room with a hidden steel beam, opening up the space dramatically and added a peninsula with stainless steel and brown leather bar stools to the kitchen. Recessed lighting is married with Lutron switch plates. The walnut and ribbed glass pantry door is framed with galvanized steel and echoes nearby drawers made out of the same material. Garage door-style covers conceal smaller appliances, and a drop-in oven and farmer’s sink lead the eye with cascading, fluid lines.

Nick used raised, square edging; large, soft brown, metallic-glazed and stain-resistant floor tiles; an award-winning rectangular tissue metallic tile; exaggerated granite countertops with distinctive veining and custom, contemporary 1950s cabinets with elongated steel handles to achieve a detail-oriented space. Floated less than an inch below the ceiling, the cabinets project shadows upward to give the illusion of a flat and straight ceiling — a quality “no ceiling possesses,” Nick says.

The final product, while largely dependent on the designer’s vision, wouldn’t be possible without a small army of knowledgeable specialists. “The remodel’s results reflect positively on all of their professionalism and craftsmanship,” Laura says.

“Columbia is gifted to have such a bevy of exceptional local professionals,” Nick says.
The Specifics
Design: Nick Detert with Putnam’s Studio 1012
Cabinetry: Walnut and galvanized steel, designed in collaboration between Nick Detert and Lou Swacker, fabricated and installed by Lou Swacker of LJS Woodworking
Tile Installation: Eric Alphin
Wood Floor Refinishing & Installation: Ronnie Crane
Lighting: Zapp Electric and Precision Electric
Countertops: Betularie granite, fabricated and installed by Jack Martellera with Martello Marble and Granite
Appliances: Downtown Appliances
Plumbing Fixtures & Hardware: Putnam’s Studio 1012 and Designer Kitchens and Bath
Purchase your Kitchens In Bloom tickets now for $10 at or for $12 at the door. Tickets are available for purchase at the Boone County Council on Aging, D&H Drugstore and Patricia’s Foods.